HEssen reports the highest number of new corona infections since the first week of April: the Hessian health authorities passed 231 new cases on to the Robert Koch Institute, after 187 the day before. This brings Hesse to 15 percent of new infections in the federal government, although the Hessians only make up eight percent of the total population. The incidence value for the state, which indicates the new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days, is 15.5 higher than in any other state. Bavaria follows in second place with 12.8.
In the city of Offenbach, the number of new infections with the coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants has risen above the critical value of 50 within seven days. According to the Robert Koch Institute on Friday, the value as at 0.00 o’clock was 52. The city confirmed that the critical mark had been exceeded. A spokeswoman said the board of directors is currently in session on how to proceed. A press conference is planned for 3 p.m., in which the city wants to express itself.
Offenbach had already issued restrictions due to the increasing number of infections. For example, the mask requirement has been expanded, among other things, students have to wear a so-called everyday mask during lessons. In addition, barbecues and picnics have been banned in public spaces since the beginning of August in order to avoid large crowds. According to the escalation concept of the state of Hesse, a “consistent restriction concept” is planned within seven days of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. In addition, there should be close cooperation with the planning staff and the coordinating hospital in the supply area. If necessary, there may also be restrictions in mobility.
Not in the federal trend
The infection rate has thus increased further, while it has weakened in the federal government in the past few days. After 1707 new cases had been reported nationwide on Thursday, it was 1427 on Friday. However, there is also two good news from Hessen: There is officially no new corona victim. Since the RKI sees 100 more recovered people, there are now more than 23 recovered people for one death.
This can be read on the website of the federal institute in charge of disease control in this country. The number corresponds to eleven percent of the new cases in the entire republic; this was the case the day before.
In absolute numbers, only Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg have more new cases, but both countries also have significantly more inhabitants than Hesse with 6.3 million. The neighboring Rhineland-Palatinate is still in a significantly better position in the statistics: for every four million inhabitants there are 87 new cases and an incidence of 10.7.
Exceeded 14,000 mark for the first time
The infection process therefore remains very active between the border with Lower Saxony and the Odenwald. A similar number of new infections were last recorded in the first half of April, except in the past few days. A total of 14,260 infected people are now listed who have been registered in Hesse since the pandemic began in March. In the past seven days, the authorities in all of Hesse have recorded 974 new cases.
Offenbach is meanwhile still the big city in Germany with the highest seven-day incidence. It is 39, the critical value is 50. If it is exceeded, the authorities can withdraw existing easing. According to a new study, the majority of people would see and support such steps.
The expansion of the corona tests partly explains the increase in confirmed new infections, but not only. Another reason are people returning from travel who have been infected with the virus at their holiday destination. It should also be borne in mind that not every infected person has symptoms or is obviously ill.
Recovered only appreciated
As the RKI further informed the FAZ, it does not officially collect data on the number of people who have recovered. The survey is also not provided for by law. “However, at least in the cases in which most of the information was determined, which had no severe symptoms and which were not admitted to a hospital, it can be assumed that they will have recovered after 14 days at the latest,” says Berlin. The RKI estimates the number of those who have recovered.
The Ministry of Social Affairs publishes an overview of the corona development every day, broken down into districts and urban districts. It refers to figures from the RKI. Until a few days ago, it also took into account data from the Hessian state examination and investigation office in the health sector at the Gießen regional council, to which the health authorities have to report the new cases. In order to ensure consistency, the ministry now only uses the RKI information.